Black Mesa: Install system requirements
Last weekend was a big deal for those who have been waiting years for the release of Black Mesa as it was made available to download. In order to take advantage of this free game you will need to install the Source Sdk Base 2007, which is also free. However, before you go ahead and do so you had best make sure your PC meets the system requirements.
In order for Black Mesa to run you will need to be running either Windows XP, Vista or the latest version of Windows 7 and once you have installed the Source SGK you will need at least 6.9GB of storage left on your hard drive or SSD. If you have an Intel processor then it will have to be a Pentium 4 with a clock speed of 3GHz or an AMD equivalent. A minimum of 1GB is also required along with either an NVidia 6600, ATI 9600 or above. Finally you will need at least DirectX 8.1.
However, for best results you will need better specs; the Black Mesa Modification Team suggests that you use an Intel core 2 duo CPU or AMD equivalent, ATI X1600, NVidia 7600 or better and also DirectX 9.0c and Shader model 3.0. Remember this is only a guide but you should follow it in order to get the best from the game – well you don’t want that long wait to go to waste now do you?
Looking at an early review of Black Mesa it’s clear to see what all the fuss is about as it’s a way to relive the past, but there are one or two issues that we pointed out in a previous article. What we like about this game is how the developer and publisher does not expect you to purchase anything in order to progress, and the best part is there is far more to come in the way of support.
If for some reason you have not downloaded Black Mesa yet and would rather wait to see if it’s worth all the fuss then we have embedded a series of four videos below that look into all aspects of the game. We’ll let you watch them and come to your own opinion, but we can’t help but notice how impressive the graphics and the scenery looks.